[click "Play" to hear Janet Curry speak about MBSR]
Telluride local Judy Kohin was the original director of the Ah Haa School for the Arts, a local institution in the business of promoting personal epiphanies, hence the name. Recently Judy shared an epiphany of her own with Telluride Inside… and Out following a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) she attended at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
Janet Curry is a mental health counselor trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, who conducts year ’round clinics in Durango and the Four Corners region through a private practice, Stillpoint, founded in 2006. Curry, who holds a masters degree in mental health counseling, completed an extensive series of professional training for MBSR providers with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and senior teachers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society.
Mindfulness, according to Janet, is the basic human capacity to pay attention to whatever is happening in a person’s life as it is happening, in the moment. Though we all have such moments, for the most part we operate on automatic pilot, mindlessly distracted from what is actually going on in our bodies, minds and hearts. The good news, however, is mindfulness can be cultivated through meditation, teaching us to see ourselves and our lives with greater clarity and compassion. Out of what Curry describes as “clear seeing,” we learn to face each moment, no matter how daunting, with greater calm, stability, acceptance and creativity.
Interested? On Wednesday, May 19, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Program Room of the Wilkinson Public Library, Janet offers a short lecture and video about Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, a prelude to an eight-week program scheduled to begin in Telluride in early June.
To learn more, click the play button and listen to Janet Curry’s podcast.